Today U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama is rolling out her program to combat childhood obesity through her “Let’s Move” program. Concurrently, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is spearheading a campaign to reduce junk food in schools and get more kids eating school lunches and breakfasts.
Intentions are good but solutions probably won’t be
While I applaud the concern and intention of the First Lady and the Secretary, I also know that our government is so tied into and in the pockets of large agribusiness (I’ve always called Vilsack “Monsanto Boy”) that I don’t see how any real and substantive reform can be enacted.
Junk will be replaced with more junk
While they may remove candy bars from the vending machines, my suspicion is that those candy bars will be replaced with so-called “healthy alternatives” like granola bars which will boast their whole grain content but will still contain the unhealthy, detrimental, genetically modified and destructive ingredients like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and soy.
The food they really need won’t be allowed
I don’t see how there will ever be an opportunity in the schools to serve raw, grass fed milk, which is known to boost health and cure any number of ailments. In our modern, life-o-phobic FDA culture it would be impossible.
The destructive low-fat paradigm is still in place
To make matters worse, there’s a good chance that what will be considered “healthy” for the schools will be low-fat commercial milk. The enlightened few who know better know that our children need plenty of good fat for their brain development, and that we have been raising generations of children who’s brain development has been compromised because they didn’t get enough fat in their diets as they grew.
The mainstream has been soy hoodwinked
My guess is that this new initiative will try to push soy protein over animal protein. I have gone into the dangers of soy consumption in previous blogs, but the Weston Price Foundation has a wealth of information on why excessive (or even moderate) soy consumption is dangerous.
The meat will still be commercial
Then, if they do serve any kind of meat, I’m certain it will be the same old commercial, USDA commodity crap that contains beef fat washed with ammonia from countless animals and slaughter plants throughout the country, and there will be no distinction as to the quality of meat - grass fed, hormone free, as opposed to grain fed, pumped with hormones and antibiotics. The poultry served will also still be full of hormones and antibiotics.
The added produce will still be full of chemicals
The good news is, that there will probably be more fresh fruits and vegetables offered, but once again, they will be full of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, with no attention paid to the distinction between large commercial crops and wholesome growing methods.
Our society has been duped for generations
I don’t want to be a cynic, but our society has been sold a bill of goods for decades regarding food and nutrition, and I don’t see those paradigms and mindsets going away any time soon, especially in regard to school lunches and nutrition.
At least kids might get to have some movement in their daily lives
At least the kids will be getting some exercise, and that’s a positive thing.
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